Chinese Culture

Superstition rules among cadre ranks

Many supposedly atheist civil servants on the mainland are turning to ancient philosopher Zhou Gong's spiritual explanations to discover the meanings of their dreams.

Saturday, 12 May, 2007, 12:00am

It'll be all white

Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre made its debut in Hong Kong with The White Serpent, a romantic tale of a bewitching snake spirit who sacrifices immortality for her human lover. It's one of choreographer Lin Hwai-min's early landmark works.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tourist gets refund for fake jade bangle

A tourist from Shanghai who bought a bangle purported to be made of natural jade from a Hong Kong shop, which was found to be made from dyed material, has complained to the China Consumers' Association. An article on the association's website says the tourist paid more than HK$20,000 for the piece in a shop in Jordan over Christmas.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong

What's going on around the globe

One person's grotesque deformity is another's erotic beauty, it would seem. The ancient practice of binding women's feet, for instance, although unnatural, unhealthy and unhygienic, was considered desirable for centuries on the mainland. The tradition is believed to have stemmed from a Sung dynasty prince's fetish for tiny feet.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report on page A6 yesterday headlined 'Jade adds unique Chinese mark to Olympic medals' wrongly stated that the jade on the reverse side of the medals to be presented at next year's Beijing Olympic Games is engraved with delicate dragon patterns.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Digging for the truth

LEANING OVER HIS lunch, theatre director Li Liuyi's intense gaze softens into a broad smile, yet his story is anything but funny.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

In a fix

There are several situations to avoid if you are doing renovations in the Year of the Pig. The Grand Duke Jupiter sector, or Tai Sui, is the one represented by the Chinese zodiac animal of the year. This year, it lies in the northwest, or specifically, from about 322 to 338 degrees.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Legendary dance troupe grows in leaps and bounds

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre incorporates a wide range of styles, having evolved over the years from narrative pieces to modernist abstraction

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

300 million faithful on mainland: poll

Researchers see resurgence in religious followers, with Christianity showing most rapid growth

The number of religious followers on the mainland could be three times higher than the official 100 million estimate, a rare survey on China's religious development has found.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Revamped Taipei treasure house sheds mausoleum image

Taiwan's National Palace Museum will show off its new look today after a three-year facelift aimed at reinvigorating the archaic treasure house, famous for its priceless, ancient Chinese artefacts.

'Old is New' was the concept adopted in the renovation of the 81-year-old museum, founded on the mainland in 1925 and reopened in Taiwan in 1965.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese Muslims finally get a mosque of their own

The country's small Chinese Muslim community will finally get what it has long requested - a mosque and, by extension, their own identity. At present, there are no mosques in the country that offer sermons in Chinese.

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Shake your retail feather

ON A BRISK Saturday night in Shenzhen, drums begin to roar along Renmin Nan Road. Passers-by crane their necks and drift towards a square outside Metropop Mall, where flashing lights and wailing guitars have already drawn a crowd.

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Should the tradition of giving red packets be stopped?

Nicholas Wong Hei, 17

Sing Yin Secondary School

Yes. The original purpose of giving red packets was to wish family and close friends luck and happiness in the new year.

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Long and short of it

The winter solstice, also known as the end of winter, falls on December 22 in the Chinese calendar. In the northern hemisphere, it is the shortest day of the year, with daylight (yang energy) at its minimum and night (yin energy) at its maximum. Hence, it is considered the coldest day of the year.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Jazzman goes mainstream

Whatever happened to William So Wing-hong, you ask? Well, the singer-actor is still around, just not in Hong Kong.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am